Toshiba celebrates 25th anniversary of invention of flash.

Toshiba is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its invention of flash.

Toshiba is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its invention of flash.

In 1987, Fujio Masuoka invented flash memory – both the NOR and NAND types – while at Toshiba.

After bringing a lawsuit against Toshiba  asking for $9.1 million for the work he’d put into the invention, Masuoka eventually settled for $785,000 in 2006.

A derivation of EEPROM, flash had the advantage that, while EEPROM could be erased in bits but was slow, flash could be erased quickly in multi-byte sized chunks.

However Toshiba was slow to market the device and the nimbler Intel put the first flash chip on the market in 1988 – the 28F256.

Toshiba will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the invention with a series of events throughout the year.

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